VAUX, William Sandys Wright

VAUX, William Sandys Wright. Oxford 28.2.1818 — London 21.6.1885. British Numismatist and Antiquarian. Son of Rev. William Vaux, a vicar, and Mary Hawkins, educated at Westminster School and graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1840 (M.A. 1842). From 1841 worked in British Museum, in 1861–70 as Keeper of Coins and Medals, finally resigned because of health problems. In 1870–76 catalogued the coins in Bodleian Library. In 1855-74 President of Numismatic Society. In 1876–85 Secretary of the R.A.S. Active in High Church Oxford Movement. Married 1861 Louisa Rivington, children.

Publications: Wrote on Near Eastern and Iranian antiquities, Punic coins and epigraphy, Greek and European coins.

Articles on Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek coins (1854, 1875) and on Indian coins (1854, 1859) in NC (where he has totally 25 papers).

Nineveh and Persepolis: an historical sketch of ancient Assyria and Persia, with an account of the recent researches in those countries. 7+436 p. L. 1850.

Persia from the earliest period to the Arab conquest. 196 p. L. 1893.

Sources: JRAS Proc. 1885, vii–x; G.C.B[oase], D.N.B. 58, 1899, 196f.; Wikipedia (based on Boase); (birthplace given as Critchell-Moore, Dorset).

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